Kenzi has been a part of CYSD/NGD for 19 years. She began dancing at the age of 2 and joined her grandmother's competition team when she was 4. She has won several national titles during her 14 years of competitive dance. Kenzi started assisting in classes when she was 6 and later began teaching her own. When she was 16 she began professionally dancing at Kings Island in Hot blooded. Since then she has danced in multiple shows and parades at KI. In High school she attended Butler Tech School of the Arts. After graduating High School in 2018 she attended Gibney’s professional contemporary training program and was accepted into Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Kenzi has assisted and choreographed for Cedar Fair on many different projects. Most recently she performed in Retrospect and assisted with the Grand Carnivale Parade. She is also involved in the audition process for shows at KI. Kenzi is now back home and has taken over the role of Competition Director at Next Generation Dance. Kenzi loves teaching alongside her family at the studio she’s called home for most of her life. She could not be more honored to carry on her grandmother’s legacy.
Scott Carlyle has a BFA in musical theater from Brigham Young University. While in college, he performed with and was the assistant choreographer for the Young Ambassadors. He toured throughout the United States, Canada, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka with Young Ambassadors. Scott performed in CATS (Alonso, National Tour), Starlight Express (Rurgold, swing, Las Vegas Co.), World Dancers and Pleasure Island (Disney World), Way Out West and Night Boat (Opryland USA), EFX starring Tommy Tune (MGM Las Vegas), and Legends in concert (Las Vegas). Other musicals include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ephrium), West Side Story (Action), King and I (Simon of Lagree), Max and Mable (Max), Pajama Game (Steam Heat Dancer), Carousel (Dream Billy). Scott also traveled and performed throughout Asia on the Queen Elizabeth II cruise ship, and toured/choreographed for Disney. Besides teaching at Next Generation Dance, Scott started the dance program at Butler Tech School of the Arts. He has choreographed for Winterfest and summer shows at Kings Island, Costa Cruise Lines in Milan and Italy. He judges all over the US with dance competitions such as Starpower, Nexstar, and Believe.
Sharon (Young) Hundley
Sharon has been dancing and tumbling all her life. Her dance and tumbling training began under the guidance of her mother, Carol Young of the Carol Young School of Dance. When her passion for tumbling grew, Sharon became a member of the Dennis Harget competition team. She competed locally, regionally and nationally for many years. The highlight to her tumbling career was winning the USTA World Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii. Sharon began sharing her tumbling talent with others at CYSD as she began instructing and choreographing during her high school years. She then attended Miami University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. For more than forty years, Sharon’s passion for tumbling has touched many lives from recreational to competitive dancers and cheerleaders. Her daughter, Amelia, has followed along in her footsteps as well. First as a student of Next Generation Dance before branching out into the world of gymnastics as a member of the USA National Team and University of Florida gymnastics team. Together they have numerous national titles and choreography awards in the acro dance genre. Sharon is so excited to share her knowledge and passion for tumbling with your children. The smiles on their beautiful faces as they learn a new skill or conquer a challenge brings joy to her heart. Her goal is to create a fun, loving environment where each child can feel successful, increase self-esteem, conquer their fears and be proud of their unique God -given talents.
Compettion Tap and Hip-Hop Teacher
Hannah Rose has been a part of NGD, formerly CYSD, since she was 3 years old. She joined the competition team when she was 5 years old and started assisting the teachers with recital classes when she was 8. She has spent countless hours, weeks, and years at the studio. It quickly became her second home. She was a performer in Kings Island’s Hot Blooded in 2016. Hannah graduated in 2017 and left for a year before coming back to teach again.
Competition Ballet Teacher
Melanie Malicote grew up dancing at The Academy of Dance Arts in Ohio and performed locally at Kings Island. After dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines she moved to New York City to pursue a dance career. While in New York she trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps On Broadway. Melanie performed for nine seasons in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was the Apache Dancer in the Broadway National tour of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starring Donny Osmond. She also performed at Carnegie Hall in "My Favorite Broadway", danced in Bernadette Peters' concert at Radio City Music Hall and performed with Chitta Rivera in "First You Dream". Other credits include dancing in Disney's premieres of "The Lion King" at Radio City, "Pocahontas" in Central Park, and "Hercules" at the New Amsterdam Theatre. TV credits include Guiding Light and the Rosie O'Donnell Show. Since performing, Melanie has been teaching dance and was the director at The Academy of Dance Arts in Ohio. She has also been choreographing for Kings Island. Melanie is excited to be teaching at NGD!!
Competition Tap Teacher
Laura began her dance journey at the age of 7 with Carol Young's School of Dance. Quickly falling in love with the art of tap, she worked under Carol Young for many years assisting recital tap and competition classes, then eventually helped with choreography and leading her own classes. She has taught at NGD and other studios as a guest instructor for a combination of 20 years. Laura has also danced at Kings Island in shows such as Wimzie's House and Franklin's Magic Fiddle. You could also find her touring with Paramount Parks performing 30 minute pop up shows in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Laura is excited to be back at her home studio and bringing her love for TAP to the Next Generation!
Recital Teacher/Competition Assistant
Montana Bridgeford started dancing at NGD when she was 2 years old and joined the competition team when she was 5. At the age of 8 Montana started assisting recital classes and by the time she was 15 she was teaching her own. Montana is a recent graduate from Hamilton High School and the NGD competition team. Montana started dancing professionally at the age of 16, performing in the 2021 Kings Island Grand Carnivale Parade. The following year she performed in Kings Island's 50th Anniversary Parade and Club KI show. She loves being around the people who mentored her though her years dancing at NGD and is excited to start teaching and assisting in classes along side those people.
Johanna began studying dance at the age of 3 at Carol Young School of Dance. She trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. She spent 15 years competing locally and nationally and won numerous top awards. Johanna began assistant teaching for CYSD while in high school and later taught her own classes. Johanna went on to become a professional dancer at Kings Island performing in Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons summer jam, Slime Time Live , the Nickelodeon parade, Star Search Live, and Tune In, and later went on to become a stage manager. Johanna also danced for Weird Al Yankovic on his Teen Spirit Tour. While not teaching, Johanna is also a paraprofessional and mother to two beautiful kids, Zaya and Zaylynn. Johanna looks forward to sharing her gift and love of dance with the next generation of dancers.
Carrie Proffitt-Boyle began her dance training here with Carol Young at the age of twelve. Carrie has been advocating for the arts as well as dancing, performing, producing and marketing dancing and events in Las Vegas, NV for a large portion of her life. She has been a professional performer for over 25 years. After graduating she left home at a young age of 17 to pursue a career as a professional dancer working for Carnival Cruise Lines. After several contracts of traveling the world she landed in Las Vegas where she has worked in over 25 world renown shows in Las Vegas including the infamous Folies Bergere, along with many producers and choreographers such as Tommy Tune, David Casidy, Wayne Brady and many more. She has danced for many US tours with major recording artists like Earth Wind and Fire and Red Hot Chili Peppers. She has been featured in Rolling Stones Magazine with Gavin DeGraw. She has worked as a Liaison for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority traveling the US and Japan. She has produced several Las Vegas shows with nightly performances in casino showrooms. She has also worked many television and print gigs. Prior to her departure from Las Vegas she was working for two major casinos in Las Vegas serving as the Event & Entertainment Manager and as Entertainment Director booking national entertainment and comedy acts. Seven years ago she moved back home to work for Caesars Entertainment and open the Cincinnati Horseshoe Casino as Events Director. She is currently enjoying her time selling Real Estate and teaching and helping at the studio nightly, being a mom to two beautiful children, and sharing her love for dance where it all began.